Summer of '69
By Elin Hilderbrand
The #1 New York Times Bestseller
Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel
Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.
In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.
Almost really good3By Nancy Pants 2I couldn’t put this book down. It was great for about 90-95% of the book. The last couple of chapters were a disappointment. All of a sudden, it turned into a Hallmark movie in need of editing. It reads like the author got in a hurry all of a sudden. Darn.
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Summer of 19695By ChristieVIMy favorite of Elin Hildebrand’s books so far— more substance! Excellently written and a clear step above the rest. Now I am anticipating her next novel set on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Great Summer Read3By SyteacherEnjoyed it! For someone who was a little younger than Kirby in 1969, this brought back so many memories.
Come Together5By Jen from the StarsHer very best book, in my opinion. Textured and emotionally accurate for the era, this story captures the essence of 1969 in the small ways the culturally significant events became woven into the lives of people of all ages, all varieties. The connections forged, the hope, the fear and the angst all become characters in this beautifully told story. I miss them already.
Summer of 695By Lin z BI loved this book! I was 16 that summer....young, in love and blissfully unaware of all the turmoil our country was going through. This book brought back memories of that summer....Watching the moon landing with my boyfriend, hearing the nightly news and not really understanding the history being made. Looking back 50 years I now understand what an important part of history that year was. I love the way the author intertwined history into this family’s story. It was emotional memories for me. Thank you!
Summer of 691By Paris4675I will not read anymore of this author’s books. I don’t think this would have been published if she was not a bestseller. Her books used to be amusing but her last books are truly disappointing
Another must-read!5By LeslieAreli_Absolutely love Hilderbrand’s books. Always recommend her to all my friends and have yet to be disappointed. Love how relatable all her characters are, each one brought me back to different period of my life.
Loved it!5By carocrossI was 25 in the Summer of ‘69. Although I didn’t spend summers on the Cape, this gave me the feel of what it was like. Very good story with interesting characters. I hope the author writes another book with update on their lives! Great summer read.